Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing

Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing

Norm Stamper


Opening with a strong letter to former Tacoma police leader David Brame, who shot his estranged spouse prior to turning the gun on himself, Norm Stamper introduces us to the violent, mystery global of family abuse that police officers must never purely navigate, yet which a few additionally perpetrate. Former leader of the Seattle police strength, Stamper is going directly to reveal a troubling tradition of racism, sexism, and homophobia that continues to be pervasive in the twenty-first-century strength; then he explores how such prejudices may be addressed. He finds the risks and temptations that law enforcement officials face, describing in gripping element the split-second life-and-death judgements. Stamper attracts on classes realized to make strong arguments for drug decriminalization, abolition of the demise penalty, and significantly revised methods to prostitution and gun keep an eye on. He bargains penetrating insights into the "blue wall of silence," police undercover paintings, and what it capability to kill a guy. And, Stamper provides his own account of the realm alternate association debacle of 1999, whilst protests he used to be answerable for controlling grew to become violent within the streets of Seattle. Breaking Rank unearths Norm Stamper as a courageous guy, a pioneering public servant whose amazing lifestyles has been devoted to the carrier of his community.

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